What is the American Translators Association?

Founded in 1959, the American Translators Association (ATA) is the largest professional association of translators and interpreters in the U.S. with 10,000 members in over 100 countries.

ATA’s mission is to promote the recognition of professional translators and interpreters, to facilitate communication among its members, to establish standards of competence and ethics, to provide its members with professional development opportunities, and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

Learn more about ATA at www.atanet.org.

What’s a translator?
What’s an interpreter?
What’s the difference?

ATA answers the frequently asked questions and provides some key talking points.

Understanding what’s at stake

Translation and interpreting mistakes can be costly, even disastrous. It is critical to hire qualified translators and interpreters. ATA can help you find the right professional.

Press Releases

Find recent news, announcements, and position statements from ATA.

Advocacy in Pennsylvania: Update

June 16, 2021

ATA follows up its March 31 letter with this public comment to the recently published changes to the Compensation Schedule for language services in…

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ATA Joins Red-T in Advocating for Interpreters

May 3, 2021

ATA has joined Red-T’s international language coalition and Amnesty International to request the urgent relocation of interpreters who assisted American forces in Afghanistan. In…

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Advocacy in Pennsylvania

April 27, 2021

When their negotiations with the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) regarding the compensation schedule came to a halt, interpreters organized the Tri-State…

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ATA Asks Senate to Amend PRO Act

March 12, 2021

Stand Up, Take Action! The Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021, also known as PRO Act, represents a dramatic change in U.S.…

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ATA Requests the CDC to Explicitly List Interpreters

January 22, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reviewed ATA’s December 17 request to include medical interpreters and other onsite interpreters as essential workers…

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ATA Petitions CDC to Include Interpreters

December 22, 2020

Following the release of the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program recommendations, ATA petitioned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to explicitly include on-site medical…

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Video Library

ATA offers a library of videos that highlight its many events, programs, and member benefits. Watch them all!

ATA 64th Annual Conference: Get Ready!

No matter what your language, specialty, or experience level, you’ll discover ways to enhance your skills and grow your business. Get a glimpse of ATA64 in Miami, October 25-28, 2023.

ATA 63rd Annual Conference: Highlights

The ATA 63rd Annual Conference was held in Los Angeles, October 12-15, 2022. Relive ATA63 with event highlights and attendee experiences!

The Importance of Diversity

ATA strives to represent and elevate people from all over the world, by working to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion.

How to Submit a Successful ATA Annual Conference Proposal

Gain recognition as an industry leader by sharing your expertise with your fellow translators and interpreters at ATA’s Annual Conference.

Public Outreach

The importance of professional translation and interpreting is often not understood by the general public. As part of an ongoing outreach campaign, ATA provides for-publication content to spread insight to a wide range of readers.

How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Free Online Translation Tools

Ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Chinese authorities conducted a city-wide correction campaign to fix embarrassing translation gaffes. The mistranslations included signs labeling people with disabilities as “deformed” and wet-floor warnings advising to “slip carefully!” While the press had a field day with the story, many translators were left shaking their heads. Why?…

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Top Six Reasons You Should Caption Your Social Media Video Content

No matter what industry you’re in, video content is likely part of your marketing strategy. And if it’s not, it should be. According to a report by Cisco, online videos will make up more than 82% of all consumer internet traffic by 2022. And 72% of customers would rather learn about a product or service…

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How to Avoid Misinformation: Cross-Border Strategies PR Pros Should be Thinking About

At a time when misinformation and fake news are running rampant, communication, and more specifically the written word, is arguably more important than ever. The last thing public relations (PR) pros want to do is jeopardize brand image by miscommunicating to a critical audience. The fact that PR budgets are down and advertising dollars are…

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25 Million Americans Don’t Speak English: Translators and Interpreters Essential in Pandemic

At the time of this writing, millions of Americans are have been ordered to stay home, instructions that are hard enough to grasp if you speak English—even harder still for the eight percent of Americans considered limited English proficient (LEP). As new updates and guidelines are issued by the day—in English-only communication, for the most…

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Content Marketers: Time to Call in the Language Professionals?

The U.S. is the largest consumer market on earth, but did you know that 96% of the world’s consumers reside beyond the country’s borders (according to the U.S. Small Business Administration)? Nonetheless, content marketers have largely focused on English-speaking markets because of their high internet penetration and enormous spending rates. Translating and adapting content for…

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Hiring an Interpreter? 9 Dos and Don’ts to Get the Most Out of Your Partnership

From Mari Kondo to the tiny house movement, the concept of “less is more” is undergoing a resurgence of sorts. Yet, in one area at least, the practice of “more is more” still rings true. If your upcoming meeting or business transaction requires a communication expert, such as an interpreter, you may think it’s as…

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5 Website Features That May Be Working Against You

Contrary to popular belief, your website is not about the products you sell, the services you provide, or the information you share. It’s actually about the people who visit it and their needs. As a website owner, your job is to turn those visitors into paying clients. But before you can do that, you have…

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From Blunder to Wonder: How Companies Successfully Bounce Back from Mistakes

1993 was a terrible year for a particular major national fast food chain. It was an even worse year for four families who suffered unimaginable losses after their children ate contaminated meat at the establishment. Unsurprisingly, the chain found itself on the verge of bankruptcy. However, in a matter of years, it had not only…

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What Your Signage Says about You

Ben could hardly wait to set up his own business after years of working for a large company. Knowing the demographics of his market area, Ben wanted to market to the large Latino population there. So, he looked up the key words in Spanish and created a beautifully designed website and colorful, eye-catching signage to…

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The Bots Are Coming! Automated and AI-Driven Programs for Business

Automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are all the rage these days, and for good reason. The technology behind once too-good-to-be-true tools like facial recognition and 3D printing has advanced by leaps and bounds. Many of us own or pine for “smart” devices and use dozens of apps a day for personal purposes. So what about…

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Contact ATA for industry insights and responses to current affairs involving the translation and interpreting professions.

Media Contact

Kelli C. Baxter, ATA Executive Director
+1-703-683-6100 ext. 3010  |  kelli@atanet.org